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April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Long Call
by Jennifer Griffin
Holly, an ex-exotic dancer, is close to fulfilling her life’s dream of freeing captive orang-utans into the wild when her long-estranged ex-boyfriend Jack shows up to settle an ancient score. “The Long Call” is a darkly funny, multimedia piece inspired by shadow puppetry, philosophy and high stakes poker.
Featuring Varya Rubin, John Payne, Janet Hodgkinson, Maggie Guzzi and Wanda Nowicki.
Admission by donation at the door
Jenn Griffin Bio:
Jenn was awarded the Sydney Risk award in 1999 for best emerging playwright with her first play “Drinking with Persephone”. She is a former Associate at Playwrights Theatre Centre where she created a multi-disciplinary play: “The Long Call.” Of late, Jenn received an Arts Club Silver Commission for a new comedy “House and Home.”
As an actor, Jenn most recently performed the role of Elizabeth Stockman in “The Enemy” at The Firehall Arts Centre, (November 2018) and performed in the ensemble cast of Theatre Conspiracy’s “Victim Impact,” at The Cultch, (June 2018.)
Jenn has been honored with several Jessie Richardson Theatre nominations/wins for writing and performing. She has also worked extensively in film and television and was nominated for a Leo award as “Maeve,” in Marshall Axani’s feature, “The Cannon.”
Jenn also provides comic commentary for modern dance at “BLOOM,” Mascall Dance.
About the Director Joanna Garfinkel
Joanna Garfinkel is the co-founder of collectively and socially-driven play development company Universal Limited. She is the co-creator, with Yoshié Bancroft, of JAPANESE PROBLEM, a site-responsive piece about the Japanese Canadian Incarceration. Previously, she co-created and directed the pedicab adventure Tour for HIVE 3, produced by the Electric Company, Universal Limited, and the Cultural Olympiad. That site-specific escapade was reinvented for Victoria (Theatre SKAM), and Toronto (SummerWorks). Joanna is struck by the racially motivated societal inequities that keep repeating in Canada, and to troubling those patterns through performance. Recent credits include co-curating, dramaturging and directing the Northern Play Reading Series in Yellowknife, NWT (Akpik Theatre), dramaturgy for Gary Mok’s i broke the ocean (VACT MSG lab), and for the multi-award-winning Poly Queer Love Ballad, which is touring in 2019. She has been nominated for three Jessie awards, winning one (Critics Choice for Innovation); was awarded the Pure Research grant from Nightswimming Theatre (Toronto), and has received the Sydney Risk award for directing. She moved to Vancouver to get her MFA in directing at UBC, and her focus since has been primarily in new play development, multidisciplinary, and site-specific work. She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York. Upcoming: dramaturgy for Night Passing and Mx.